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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sausage Party

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about Sausage Party. Now I was always curious about the film from the time of its announcement to the start of the marketing, and while the trailers didn’t blow me away, as a fan of animation I had to give it a watch.

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The plot for the film can be summed up as the following: “The film is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.” The interesting thing about the story was that there was much more to it than the trailers let on (well done marketing team), there’s was a lot of inventive, smart and layered elements that went into the story and it was fairly captivating for the most part. Though I will admit the humour was a bit hit and miss for me and the overly sexual nature of the film was a bit much times, and there’s one moment towards the end that kind of ruined the immersion of the film (Those of you who have seen the latter half of the The Lego Movie should pick up on what I’m on about). But for all the stuff that I didn’t love, there was a lot of stuff to appreciate like the film references, and visual presentation which was incredible with the impressive and varied character design, animation and cinematography. Oh and the use of music and overall film score was good too. And finally the voice cast was pretty solid too with Seth Rogen and a lot of his familiar acting people surrounding him once again. Everyone did a good job in their roles but I’ll just highlight certain people: Seth Rogen as Frank was pretty cool, he was interesting and well-rounded character and I appreciated how Rogen was more of a character than his usual self. I also really liked Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, she was sassy, direct and had some good lines too. Michael Cera surprised as Barry (because oft he voice), he was a character I didn’t think I’d like and ended up being one of my favourites.Jonah Hill who I recognised straight away was great as Carl, while Nick Kroll was also good as Douche, and Salma Hayek was another instantly recognisable voice as Teresa del Taco who was another memorable character with a lot of passion charisma. I also loved Edward Norton as the Woody Allen-esque bagel Sammy Bagel Jr., Norton really surprised with his voice work and Sammy was a really likeable dude. And David Krumholtz was also funny too as Kareem Abdul Lavash with his beef with Sammy Bagel. Other actors worth noting were Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd.The strange thing about Sausage Party is that it turned out being the exact film I thought it’d be with the over-the-top and crude humour full of your standard set of sex, drugs and violent-related humour that comes with a R/15 rated US comedy, but at the same time it was incredibly creative, fun, silly, stupid, well-thought out and entertaining. At the end of the day this is one of those films you’ll either love or hate, but I enjoyed it more than I expected and I’d say its worth a watch. ūüôā

So that was my review, have you seen Sausage Party and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I’m ready to give you a film review in the¬†form of¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now I only saw the first film a few weeks ago, but I ended up really liking it and it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I’d heard many good things about this film prior to its release in the UK and my expectations were set pretty high. So how does this animated sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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In terms of the story, it takes place five years after the first film, featuring Hiccup and his friends as young adults. Most of the Vikings are enjoying life with the dragons, while Hiccup and Astrid along with their dragons are charting unmapped territories and discovering new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the Hiccup and company find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

If I had to describe this film in one word; ‘incredible’ would be the word that comes to mind. What I really appreciated is the fact that the film did everything a good sequel should, it didn’t re-hash the prequel but it also didn’t change so radically that it was unrecognizable to fans of the first film. This film presents new challenges and adventures along with danger, drama and mystery. I love how this film is still hiccups adventure and even in the face of adversity he tries to do what’s right. There are only a few things I wasn’t keen on; some of the humour was still a little childish for me and there are certain codes and conventions that come with these kind of adventure films that have been done in many films before that I feel need to be broken, but otherwise everything else was fine.

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When it comes to the cast they were all pretty good. Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, he was nice, I like how he has matured but at the same time is still in the same mindset as before, he’s an adventurer but also a pacifist. Baruchel does a good job in his role but he still sounds like the least manly hero in any animated film ever.¬†Cate Blanchett as Valka¬†(Stoick’s wife and Hiccup’s long-lost mother) was lovely and so cool. She¬†is a very wise, brave and courageous woman, but is also a very fragile person with depths of emotion.¬†Gerard Butler is incredible as Stoick,¬†he is a man who cares for his son but also for the well-being of his clan on the island. I love how stubborn, determined and tough he is, but also how emotional the man can be and he had some of my favourite moments in the¬†film.¬†Craig Ferguson is great as Gobber the Belch,¬†he’s still Stoick’s right-hand man and is a source for a lot of the humour in the film too.

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America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are still good as Astrid, Snotlout and Fishlegs. Also T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston are still just a great as ever, that being said I feel like Ruffnutt was way better than her brother because she had more screen time and more funny moments. Djimon Hounsou made for a great villain as Drago Bludvist, he has a history with dragons and wishes to control them. I love how cruel, intimidating and brutal he was, he was a bit crazy, but also  definitely had great screen presence and I could totally tell from his first appearance that he was voiced by a black man. And Kit Harington is pretty good as Eret, this guys starts out as an enemy but converts to the side of justice later on and he is fairly charismatic, silly and funny too.

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As for the presentation, it is beyond awesome both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is so beautiful, the detail in the characters, dragons, scenery and skies is gorgeous, and moving through it with all the tracking shots and sweeping camera movements is so breathtaking. I thought the first film looked good but this film goes FAR beyond that. The last film only came out four years ago and yet Dreamworks have outdone themselves, the action sequences have so beautiful use of colours, wonderful cinematography and an amazing sense of scope, so cool, beautiful and free-flowing. The soundtrack also by John Powell is SO good! His score is just screaming with sounds of wonder, adventure, playfulness, drama and emotion.

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In conclusion¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a while, it’s my favourite animated sequel since Toy Story 3 and probably my favourite animated film since Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph. The film had the action, the spectacle and it had the heart and it was all blended together in a wonderful way. I highly recommend this film as it is a good time for both kids and adults.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10

So what did you think of¬†How To Train Your Dragon 2? How do you think it fares compared to the last film and do you think this was better or worse than the prequel? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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22 Jump Street Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review (man it feels like ages since I’ve said that haha) and today I’ll be talking about 22 Jump Street, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As most of the people who follow this blog know, I’m not overly fond of comedies, however there are a few that I do like and 21 Jump Street surprised me back in 2012 so I was definitely down for the sequel especially after the trailers dropped. So how does this comedy sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”

In a nutshell this story is awesome. The story on display here basically does the same thing again, except changes the setting and story elements, like for instance instead of it being school it is college and rather than Jenko having a bad time, its Schmidt this time round. 22 Jump Street does what The Hangover 2 tried to do, but rather than fail miserably, this film gets the sequel formula right. I will admit at the beginning I thought the film was just alright, but around the middle when Ice Cube came into the film more was when the film really picked up and by the end it was insanely funny. The humour is just as funny as its predecessor, if not more so, but beyond that the story has some touching moments to it too. I love how self-aware the film is, it references a lot of pop culture, pokes fun at itself and the concept of film sequels and at one point even does something similar to Tropic Thunder but takes it to a new level of fun and absurdity.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good offering various levels of humour throughout. Firstly there’s Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko. They’re back as this odd dynamic duo and they’re just as funny, if not funnier than they were before. These two clearly are having fun with their roles and they’re chemistry is amazing and kinetic. Hill is funny because of his character’s awkward lines of dialogue, weird interactions with people and poor levels of physical strength and Tatum is funny because his character is a blockhead, seems to be some kind of superhuman and his stupidity leads to some really funny one-liners in the film. Also I just want to note how frigging cool Tatum was, his action scenes were awesome and his acrobatic moments really make him look like he’ll fit into a superhero film in the future (let’s hope he does Gambit justice). Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson is just on the highest level of awesomeness in this film. I thought Dickson was funny in the last film, but here he is on fire just being like the most angry stereotypical black man ever and Cube just kills it. I have not laughed at one person so much in a film in a long time.

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Peter Stormare as Ghost is great too, he’s the main bad guy and he has a bit of stage play performer vibe about him, but I like that and how cocky and weird he is too. Wyatt Russell as Zook is just amazing, he is a very odd man, he has some very strange personality traits and dreams, but that’s what makes him so funny and his interaction with Jenko is awesome. Amber Stevens is gorgeous as Maya, she’s a person Schmidt befriends and she’s a smart and kind-hearted soul, I like her. Jillian Bell as Mercedes is really funny, her lines in this film were insane, rude and kind of repetitive in the subject manner but also funny. Also seeing the return of Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy is just perfect, I love how Hardy delivered his lines in such a deadpan kind of way, Offerman was clearly channeling his inner Ron Swanson as it was pretty much the exact same character and to be honest I loved it. Dave Franco as Eric Molson and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters were awesome in their segment in the film too. There are also some cameos in the film that I won’t spoil which are just awesome and hilarious.

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In conclusion 22 Jump Street is awesome and is a prime example of how to do a comedy sequel correctly. I had hoped for a good experience watching this film, but it was way funnier than I expected and I was actually laughing out loud which has not happened since 2011. This a great fun-filled experience which is basically the same thing again, but better. I can easily recommend this as some summer fun in the cinema.

Rating: 8/10 (Ice Cube is a don! XD)

So what did you think of 22 Jump Street? Did it meet your expectations or were you let down? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Okay now it is time for me to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for AGES now due to the bloody UK release date being almost a month later than the US’ one. I am of course talking about The Wolf of Wall Street. The hype that this film’s been getting is huge and I wanted to see how it held up. So far the award-based films have been a bit half and half with 12 Years A Slave being incredible and American Hustle being not nearly as good as I expected. So where does this film fall? Read on and find out.

So the story in the film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

The reason why I really liked the film was due to the fact that beyond all the nudity, sex, drugs and alcohol there is a good story to be told with genuine actions and consequences. Everything that unfolds goes down in a spectacular way full of drama, humour and madness that become more and more ridiculous as the film continues. Some of the scenes in the film are pretty shocking in ways I didn’t expect whether it be in a really small or really big way and rather than it taking away from the film it increases the quality of the story and characters. And unlike American Hustle which I felt was all style and no substance, this film has the substance to back up its style.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all really good but the stand out performance is from¬†Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort.¬†DiCaprio’s performance was incredible, absolutely incredible. I swear he just gets better with age. In this film he is a maniac, full of swagger, charm, style and sophistication, however he has bad habits which start to consume him and make him disillusioned to the people and the world around him. DiCaprio¬†just commands the screen whenever he’s there, he is spectacular and commits the role so insanely especially on the physical side of things which are both mad and hilarious. I think I’ve got a new man-crush haha.¬†Jonah Hill¬†should also be commended as Donnie Azoff. Hill‘s come a long since he was that kid in Superbad. In this film his character is not only funny, but a little off the wall, creative and creepy. I loved his accent and how he handled his drama and ridiculous habits without it coming across too hammy. Together DiCaprio and Hill make an incredible duo and just have the best chemistry.

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Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia is also very good as Jordan’s wife, in the film she is not only absurdly gorgeous, flirtatious and sassy, but she is also innocent, cares very much for the well-being of her family and children and she is a strong woman and goes through a hell of a lot because of Jordan. Lapaglia is very impressive and handles her emotion scenes very well and I hope to see her in more films.¬†Matthew McConaughey continues to be awesome as Mark Hanna, he’s this confident stoke broker who has some strange habits but also carries himself very well too.¬†Kyle Chandler was also pretty good as Patrick Denham who is the FBI guy hunting after Jordan, even though he’s a hard-ass, tough and very straight-arrowed, he does have some funny moments too.¬†Rob Reiner was also lovely as Max Belfort, Jordan’s dad. Max is the voice of reason for Jordan and he goes to great lengths to help his son out even when things start to get very hairy.

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Jon Bernthal as Brad Bodnick was another person worth mentioning as he was totally cool as hell, crazy and hilarious in his role and it is quite a transformation from being Shane in The Walking Dead.¬†Also having¬†Joanna Lumley as Aunt Emma was great, I wondered how she would factor into the film but she was nice, effective and quite funny too.¬†Jon Favreau as Manny Riskin was decent too as this role was a bit more serious for him and the part he played was pretty cool.¬†And I also wanted to mention Cristin Milioti as Teresa Petrillo,¬†P. J. Byrne as Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff,¬†Kenneth Choi as Chester Ming (really funny),¬†Henry Zebrowski as Alden “Sea Otter” Kupferberg and¬†Ethan Suplee as Toby Welch who were also really good in the film. Oh and the small appearance from¬†Shea Whigham as Captain Ted Beecham was lovely.

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In conclusion The Wolf of Wall Street is a really good film full of charisma, hilarious scenarios and loads of bad influences everywhere. But behind all this dodgy material is a story worth telling with amazing performances especially from Leonardo DiCaprio and even though the film is 3 hours long, I didn’t notice the runtime at all. I had a good time with this film and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8.5/10 (An incredible adrenaline rush full of humour, drama and chaos)

So what did you think of The Wolf of Wall Street? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! ūüôā

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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This Is The End Review

Okay peeps, time for me to review a film that I’ve been hesitantly interested in for some time. Today I’m talking about¬†This Is The End, the comedy that loads of people have been going on about for weeks now. I saw the trailers and I thought the film looked good and then I saw them like 10+ times more and I kind of got sick of it. So then I wasn’t too interested in the film, but I decided to give in and watch the film yesterday and what follows is a film I wasn’t expecting.

Story in¬†This Is The End involves Jay Baruchel going over to meet Seth Rogen in Los¬†Angeles, the two hang out for a bit until Rogen suggested that they head over to James Franco’s for a massive house party. While initially apprehensive about it,¬†Baruchel agrees. The two go to Franco’s house and at this party there are celebrities left right and center who are drinking, doing drugs, singing and doing all sorts of other madness. It is during this party however that the world decides to bring on the apocalypse with the fire, earthquakes, cracks in the ground and so on. The initial event kills loads of people in the process, so then we are with¬†Seth Rogen,¬†Jay Baruchel,¬†James Franco,¬†Craig Robinson¬†and¬†Jonah Hill¬†who have barricaded themselves inside Franco’s house. Eventually¬†Danny McBride¬†shows up too and these guys all have to try and survive together with crazy results happening along the way.

The story in the film is alright, but not what I expected it to be. You have your standard abundance of drug and sexual references, swearing, crude humour and ‘what the fuck?’ kind of stuff too, all of which you’ll either be a fan of or won’t be. Oh and did I mention that all the good parts in the trailers ruined the those supposed funny points in the film? Darn marketing. I though the story was good at the beginning, but once you actually saw the direction in which the film was going I started to lose interest and its comedic tone really started to drop. Now in most comedies there’s always some kind of emotional subplot going on that’s meant to meant to have a little heart and meaning behind it, and while that’s the case with this film I don’t really feel like it works due to not only the drama that goes on between the characters, but also because of the religious aspects too. I also felt like the story went on for far too long, there were moments in the middle of the film that dragged like hell and I felt like 10-15 minutes could have been trimmed off of the runtime. The one saving grace about this film for me is a kind of spoiler but I have to say it anyway… The Backstreet Boys! They’re one of my favourite nostalgic boy bands and they make the film, I won’t say how or when, but that was my favourite moment hands down.

When it comes to the cast, they’re really hit or miss for me. They’re all playing exaggerated versions of themselves which kind of works but then kind of doesn’t in some regards. So let’s start with¬†Seth Rogen, he’s a person I actively hate just in general, but luckily he wasn’t as annoying as he was in his usual films.¬†Jay Baruchel, I have to ask who is this guy? I was asking myself that for ages, but other than that I didn’t care for him because all he did was wine, bitch and moan.¬†James Franco was my personal favourite, he acted like a douche, but that was okay because he was funny.¬†Craig Robinson was a bit over-the-top with his humour but he was definitely one of the funnier people in the group.¬†Jonah Hill was also funny and was just being the nicest person ever, though he has his moments of weirdness too. And as for¬†Danny McBride, I really don’t like him in general and in this film I just hated him, he was such annoying man.

The rest of the cast is all just smaller roles or cameos.¬†Emma Watson’s part in this film wasn’t nearly as funny or useful as I’d hoped.¬†Michael Cera was humorous but didn’t make me laugh that much. Then there was¬†Rihanna, dunno why she was in the film. The only other cameo that stood out was the appearance of¬†Channing Tatum, so bloody unexpected haha.

As for the presentation,¬†This Is The End is okay in both departments. The visual side of things has a decent use of practical effects and CGI though some of it is fairly crude and over-the-top. And the soundtrack by Henry Jackman is okay, but nothing memorable, the film fairs a lot better when there’s music taken from artists in the real world (example: the use of PSY and Backstreet Boys).

In conclusion¬†This Is The End is okay, but the film is not nearly as funny as I thought it’d be. It’s just typical american humour that just doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure most people who have seen or are going to see the film are gonna find it hilarious, but for me it wasn’t THAT good. I had more fun and laughter with¬†Despicable¬†Me 2 and The World’s End, in the end the film has its moments but it wasn’t my kind of humour yo.

Rating: 6/10 (I was gonna rate it lower but the Backstreet Boys saved it)

So what did you think of¬†This Is The End? Was the film the hilarious masterpiece that you were expecting or was it overhyped? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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